NC Police Issue Sweeping Warrants to Search All Google Devices Near Murder Scene
- Google was served at least four sweeping search warrants by Raleigh, North Carolina police last year, requesting anonymized location data on all users within areas surrounding crime scenes.
- In one case, Raleigh police requested information on all Google accounts within 17 acres of a murder, overlapping residences, and businesses.
- The warrants follow the same template: Police requested location data from all phones that were in the surrounding area of a crime scene, generally within an hour window of when the crime was committed.
- In the homicide and sexual assault warrant, police drew a box surrounding the scene of the crime, then requested the data for everyone within it.
- Google declined to say whether it released data in any of the Raleigh cases, but representatives from the ACLU and EFF reviewed the warrants, questioning Raleigh PD’s justification for the alarmingly broad search.
AI IN E-COMMERCE: How artificial intelligence can help retailers deliver the highly personalized experiences shoppers desire
- This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.
- To do this, many retailers are attempting to differentiate themselves by creating highly curated experiences that combine the personal feel of in-store shopping with the convenience of online portals.
- These personalized online experiences are powered by artificial intelligence (AI).
- Retailers that have implemented personalization strategies see sales gains of 6-10%, a rate two to three times faster than other retailers, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
- In a new report from BI Intelligence, we illustrate the various applications of AI in retail and use case studies to show how this technology has benefited retailers.
- Finally, the report weighs the pros and cons of strategies retailers can take to successfully execute AI technologies in their organization.
The Most Ridiculous Deals for Pi Day
- We celebrate pi because it’s an incredible sequence of math—in a world where hard, finite fixtures of truth typically rule the day, in pi, we have an “irrational” number, a sequence that extends into infinity.
- Ostensibly, free pie.
- ThinkGeek also getting in on the Pi Day deals.
- If you spend at least $50, then you’ll be able to get a free Sir Cumference Pi Day t-shirt.
- Love pizza?
- But, actually: Yes, you can get married at a pizza shop on pi day for free.
- Today, regional pizza chain “&pizza” (their actual name) will transform their shops into ceremonial houses of matrimony, and they’ll be giving away free weddings to happy couples.
- Now let’s see if the brilliant marketers charged with the aforementioned efforts can come up with anything good for Tau Day. Stay woke, pi shillers.
Google Cloud chief scientist: ‘AI doesn’t belong to just a few tech giants in Silicon Valley’
- Li may say AI doesn’t belong to a few tech giants in Silicon Valley, but behemoths like Facebook and Google lock down much of the available human capital in the AI world, acquire many AI startups, supply popular open-source frameworks for machine learning (like TensorFlow), and are investing billions in the advancement of AI across a range of industry verticals and use cases.
- In part due to these reasons, on Sunday Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb, also speaking at SXSW, called Google one of nine companies who control the future of artificial intelligence.
- To make her point, Smith referenced an MIT Media Lab study released in February that found facial recognition technology from companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Face++ fail to recognize people of color, as well as research from the University of Southern California that used facial recognition and natural language processing to determine time given to speak on screen in movies.
He complained about losing his balance. Here's why.
- A computed tomography scan of the patient's brain showed a large pocket of air -- also called a pneumatocele -- in the patient's right frontal lobe that was approximately 3½ inches long.
- An MRI of the man's brain also showed a small benign bone tumor, or osteoma, that had formed in the man's paranasal sinuses and was eroding through the base of the skull, causing air to leak into the cranial cavity, according to the report.
- The pressure from the air cavity may have also caused a small stroke in the patient's frontal lobe, resulting in the left-side weakness and gait instability that prompted his hospital visit, according to Brown.
- The procedure would have involved temporary surgical removal of part of the frontal bone of the skull and excision of the bone tumor to close the leak that was sending air into the brain.
Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the U.S.
- Google Assistant is about to start doing more without quite as much talking on your part.
- In the case of “Good Morning,” which seems to be the first of the multi-step routines to go live, you can get Assistant to do stuff like turn on your lights, tell you about your calendar or the weather and traffic, and then pop on some tunes or a podcast all with a single command.
- These routines will also change depending on who’s talking to the Google Home, so if you have loaded your profile it will give calendar alerts specific to your account.
- Alexa has notably already had this feature for a few months, and their app is a bit more fleshed out in this regard.
- Still waiting on this feature for HomePod though.
Legal tech is opening the system to those who need legal representation the most
- Public defenders, pro bono lawyers, and immigration attorneys provide a great service to citizens, yet the demand for legal support far outweighs the supply of legal aid services.
- Organizations like JustFix.nyc, in partnership with legal aid groups and community-based organizations, help tenants prepare legal documentation of substandard housing conditions so tenants can self-advocate and, if necessary, self-represent in housing court.
- GoodCall, a triage hotline, provides a direct line to legal support for the arrested before their cases advance without representation.
- Instead of working one-on-one with an immigration lawyer, applicants simply download VisaBot’s Facebook Messenger chat bot, submit necessary information, supporting documents, and their personal story, and the bot makes sure all the details are properly filed.
- As legal tech gains momentum, investors like Open Society Foundations, Google.org, and Omidyar Network are leading the way in supporting these startups, that are unanimously nonprofit.
How Illegal Fishing Is Being Tracked From Space
- Ocean conservationists from watchdog group Oceana are hunting for illegal fishing activity, and one new method they are exploring for catching offenders is satellite data.
- In a new report from Oceana, researchers detail examples of how they used AIS collected by conservation group Global Fishing Watch to track four fishing vessels that were "going dark," or trying to avoid detection.
- They say the case studies are examples of how AIS data can be used to track illegal fishing activities in the future.
- The final case study highlighted in the report looked at a Spanish vessel called Egaluze that, over a period of seven months from 2012 to 2013, appeared to turn off its AIS system while operating in national waters of five different African countries.
- Her report also recommends vessels be required to state why they stop transmitting AIS, paired with stronger enforcement by local governments to punish—and thus deter—law-breaking activities.
Arrest made in cold case murder of 15-year-old
- Michael Hand, 61, was arrested in Troutman, North Carolina, and accused of killing Gilpin, whose body was found in a makeshift grave in Myles Standish State Forest almost 32 years ago.
- The cold case was particularly meaningful for Col. Kerry Gilpin, Tracy's sister and the current superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.
- Hand was apprehended by Massachusetts State Police and local authorities, according to a Massachusetts State Police news release.
- Authorities have started proceedings to have Hand brought to Massachusetts for prosecution in relation to Gilpin's death, the release states.
- Her inside knowledge of policing has sometimes caused aggravation in the case, she told NBC News last year.
- The case "left a hole in the heart of her entire family," the Massachusetts State Police said in a statement last year.
The future of startups isn't in New York or California — and I'm investing $150 million to prove it
- Last year, JD Vance and I launched Revolution's newest fund, the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, to back more startups between the coasts.
- Some investors, particularly those based in Rise of the Rest cities, also recognized this opportunity years ago and have played an instrumental role in helping to build rising startup communities.
- These regional investors are critical, so the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund was created to be a partner in their efforts.
- For two days, fund representatives will share case studies, hear from some of the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund limited partners, meet with elected officials, and participate in working sessions.
- We look forward to being a catalytic force, helping to accelerate this process alongside the regional investors who have long believed in the great entrepreneurs building companies in their own backyard.